How to Fix Missing DLL Files

By Lucosi Fuller

Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files are integral to the functionality of a computer and the software that runs on one. If a DLL is corrupted or missing, the program to which the DLL belongs won't start or run properly. You will likely receive an error message that informs you of the problem and names the DLL file behind the malfunction. DLL errors aren't very difficult to fix, and you'll be surprised at the speed at which you can get the errors cleared and the software that caused the errors back up and running.

Fixing Missing DLL Files by Reinstalling the Error Causing Program

Step 1

Click on "Start" and then on "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click on "Programs."

Step 3

Click on "Uninstall a program."

Step 4

When the list populates, find the program that caused the DLL problem and click on it as if you are going to uninstall it. DO NOT REMOVE THE PROGRAM FROM YOUR COMPUTER! Microsoft Windows Installer has a feature that allows a user to repair a malfunctioning program instead of deleting it and reinstalling it.

Step 5

When the Installation Wizard starts, click on the repair option to fix the program. Follow the steps in the installation wizard.

Step 6

Once the Installation Wizard is finished, restart the computer. Log in and open the program to see if it works. If the program functions correctly, this completes the process of fixing the missing DLL files. If it doesn't, move on to Section 2.

Fixing Missing DLL Files by Reinstalling DLL Files

Step 1

When the DLL error appears on your computer screen, write down the name of the DLL.

Step 2

Open your web browser and type the name in the search bar.

Step 3

In the results, find a link where the missing DLL can be downloaded. To ensure the safety of your computer, make sure the DLL information is spelled correctly and that the website is secure.

Step 4

Download the DLL file and save it to the DLL-containing folder inside the folder of the error-causing program. For instance, if the DLL is missing from Windows Media Player, save it in the Windows Media Player DLL folder.

Step 5

Open the program that brought about the system error. It should run properly now.